MacBook Pro has 10GB/s connection, instore now?

Tim Grey
21 February, 2011
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Continuing speculation that an updated version of the Macbook Pro is due next week has been fueled by new reports that Apple stores are receiving sealed palettes wrapped in black plastic.

European resellers have been told to expect the mysterious packages as early as today, and have warned staff ‘not to breach the integrity of sealed shipments’ according to AppleInsider.

The news accompanies a report from CNET, suggesting Apple is preparing to debut a new high-speed connection with the MacBook Pro’s release, widely expected to be Intel’s Light Peak technology.

Apple has been resistant to the increasingly popular USB 3.0 format, and has been tipped to introduce Intel’s new connection in the first half of this year. Light Peak, a protocol that allows simultaneous 10GB per second up-and-down transfers.

The company has also been investigating ways of increasing battery life, with AppleInsider uncovering an Apple patent for denser lithium ion cells with a higher capacity in normal-size battery.

At this stage there’s no way to know exactly what’s going into the new MacBook Pro might turn out to be, but it might not be long until we find out.

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